|Publication number||US7264146 B2|
|Application number||US 10/995,569|
|Publication date||Sep 4, 2007|
|Filing date||Nov 24, 2004|
|Priority date||Nov 27, 2003|
|Also published as||US20050205641, US20060231592|
|Publication number||10995569, 995569, US 7264146 B2, US 7264146B2, US-B2-7264146, US7264146 B2, US7264146B2|
|Inventors||Shuichi Takeuchi, Hidehiko Kira, Yukio Ozaki|
|Original Assignee||Fujitsu Limited|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (12), Referenced by (8), Classifications (46), Legal Events (4)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This application is based upon and claims the benefit of priority from prior Japanese Patent Application No. 2003-396606, filed on Nov. 27, 2003, the entire contents thereof being incorporated herein by reference.
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates to an ultrasonic tool and an ultrasonic bonder. More specifically, the invention relates to an ultrasonic tool and an ultrasonic bonder having a feature, in its constitution, for improving the durability of the ultrasonic tool attached to an end of an ultrasonic bonder for flip-chip-bonding a semiconductor device or another electronic device, as well as for improving the efficiency for transmitting ultrasonic wave energy.
2. Description of the Related Art
An ultrasonic bonder has heretofore been known for bonding resin materials or metal materials. In an ultrasonic bonder, a base material and a material to be bonded to the base material are overlapped one upon the other, and are bonded together by utilizing the friction and the heat of friction that is generated when the surfaces to be bonded are slid at high frequency utilizing ultrasonic waves (see, for example, JP 2001-105159 A and JP 7-326619 A).
That is, when the junction surfaces are slid at a high frequency, the base material and the material to be bonded melt due to the friction and the heat of friction accompanying the sliding, or the oxide and the like on the surface of the base material and of the material to be bonded are removed, and a firm and strong bond is formed between resin materials or between the metal materials.
The above ultrasonic bonding has heretofore been employed when an electronic part having bumps formed on the lower surface thereof is to be mounted on a substrate. A conventional ultrasonic bonding process will be described below with reference to
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When the ultrasonic energy is applied while pressing the electronic part as described above, however, only up to about 60% of the applied energy is transmitted to the electronic part when a conventional ultrasonic tool is used. The 60% of energy transmission rate is herein calculated by dividing oscillation of an electronic part by oscillation of an ultrasonic tool.
Under such circumstances, the ultrasonic tool had to be removed and regenerated before the development of damage, requiring an increased number of steps and costs.
Besides, due to a large loss in the energy transmission, the bonding quality is not stable.
To enhance the energy transmission rate, in this case, it can be contrived to increase the frictional resistance by roughening the surfaces. If the surfaces are simply roughened, however, the surfaces of the electronic parts are damaged, and the mass-production thereof is hindered.
It is known to provide the surface of an ultrasonic tool with a coating. However, such a coating does not make it possible to improve both the energy transmission rate in ultrasonic bonding and the durability of an ultrasonic tool.
It is an object of the present invention to improve both the energy transmission rate in ultrasonic bonding and the durability of an ultrasonic tool.
According to the invention, there is provided an ultrasonic tool for bonding two materials to each other by joining a face of one of the materials to a face of the other material using the action of ultrasonic waves applied to one of the materials through another face of the one of the materials, wherein the ultrasonic tool has a coating layer comprising chromium oxide as a main component and formed on at least the surface of the tool that is in contact with the face of the one of the materials, through which the ultrasonic waves are applied to the one of the materials.
The coating layer may consist essentially of chromium oxide, or may contain chromium oxide and particles of other material or materials. Preferably, the material of the particles is a ceramic.
Preferably, the body of the tool is formed of a metal material containing iron. The metal material can be selected from the group consisting of carbon steels, stainless steels, and titanium steels.
Preferably, the coating layer has a thickness of 1 to 3 micrometers.
Also, preferably, the coating layer has a surface roughness Ra of 0.8±0.1 micrometers.
According to the invention, there is also provided an ultrasonic bonder provided with the ultrasonic tool of the invention. The ultrasonic bonder of the invention may have a source of ultrasonic energy and a horn for transmitting the ultrasonic energy to the ultrasonic tool.
To solve the above problems, the present invention has a feature in that an ultrasonic tool 1 has a coating layer 2 comprising chromium oxide, as a main component, formed on at least the surface thereof that is in contact with a part to be bonded.
By providing such a chromium oxide-based coating layer 2 on the surface of the ultrasonic tool 1, it is made possible to avoid damage to the surface of the part to be bonded, and to realize a surface state of the ultrasonic tool capable of providing a sufficient frictional resistance between the tool and the part to be bonded and, hence, to improve the durability of the tool in a mass-production operation.
It was heretofore known that a coating layer can be provided on the surface of an ultrasonic tool. With the conventional coating layer, however, it is not possible to improve both the energy transmission rate, in ultrasonic bonding, and the durability of the ultrasonic tool.
The “ultrasonic tool” of the present invention stands for a tool that does not include a horn 5 (
The chromium oxide based coating layer 2 may be formed only of chromium oxide or may be formed of a material containing chromium oxide and particles such as ceramic particles incorporated to adjust the surface roughness of the coating layer 2.
As a base material 3 constituting the ultrasonic tool 1, it is preferable to use a metal material containing iron which hardly deforms at a temperature of 500 to 600° C. As the “metal material containing iron”, there can be typically used a carbon steel, a stainless steel or a titanium steel in composition ranges specified under JIS standards.
In this case, when the thickness of the coating layer 2 exceeds 3 μm, the surface ruggedness of the ultrasonic tool 1 increases. When the film thickness exceeds 5 μm, in particular, it becomes difficult to maintain the flatness of the tool surface. When the film thickness is smaller than 1 μm, on the other hand, a desired durability is not obtained. It is therefore preferred that the thickness of the coating layer 2 is in the range of 1 μm to 3 μm to decrease the slipping at the interface and, hence, to increase the durability in a continuous mounting operation.
In this case, the thickness of the coating layer 2 stands for a thickness inclusive of a thickness of a compound layer 4 of iron and chromium formed at the interface with the base metal 3.
It is also preferred that the coating layer 2 has a surface roughness Ra (JIS standard) of 0.8 μm±0.1 μm. When the surface roughness Ra is too small, the frictional resistance decreases and the energy transmission rate decreases. When the surface roughness Ra is too great, the surface of the part to be bonded is damaged.
The surface roughness Ra is adjusted by grinding the surface of the coating layer 2 or by incorporating ceramic particles into the coating layer 2.
By providing the ultrasonic tool 1 having the above construction at the end of an ultrasonic bonder, it is made possible to realize an ultrasonic bonder featuring a high energy transmission rate and an excellent durability.
According to the present invention, as a coating layer comprising chromium oxide as a main component is provided on the surface of the ultrasonic tool, the ultrasonic tool exhibits an improved durability, thereby eliminating the need of a treatment for regenerating the ultrasonic tool, making it possible to decrease the cost while increasing the productivity.
Owing to the provision of the coating layer comprising chromium oxide as a chief component, there is no slipping at the interface, leading to the enhancement in the energy transmission rate, with the result that the bonding operations are carried out equally from one to another and the quality of products are improved.
In the present invention, the surface of a base material of a metal material containing iron, such as a carbon steel, a stainless steel or a titanium steel, is washed, the base material is then immersed in a solution containing a chromium compound such that the base material is impregnated with the chromium compound, followed by firing to form a coating layer comprising chromium oxide as a main component. These steps are repeated until the thickness of the coating layer reaches 1 to 3 μm and, finally, the surface of the coating layer is ground so that the surface roughness Ra is 0.8 μm±0.1 μm.
The ultrasonic tool thus produced is attached to a horn to complete an ultrasonic bonder.
The ultrasonic tool of a first embodiment of the invention will now be described with reference to
The ultrasonic bonder 10 shown in the drawing comprises an ultrasonic tool 20, for effecting the bonding, in contact with an electronic part or the like, an oscillator 11 which is a source of ultrasonic oscillation, boosters 12 for controlling the amplitude of ultrasonic waves produced by the oscillator 11, a horn 13 for transmitting the ultrasonic waves from the boosters 12 to the ultrasonic tool 20 while maintaining a true sinusoidal waveform, and a horn holder 14 for mounting the horn 13 on an installation. A power source for supplying electric power to the oscillator 11 is not shown in the drawing.
For the ultrasonic bonding, the ultrasonic tool 20, which is brazed to the end of the ultrasonic bonder 10, is pushed onto the surface (upper surface) of the electronic part 40, the Au bumps of which 42 are facing the Cu pads 31 provided on a mounting substrate 30 placed on a stage 15. A pressure is then exerted on the electronic part 40 and, at the same time, ultrasonic waves are applied, such that the Au bumps 42 and the Cu pads 31 are slid and bonded together.
Next, the chromium compound 23 is oxidized by firing to form a thin coating film 24 containing chromium oxide as a main component (
These steps are repeated until the thickness of the thin coating film 24 reaches 1 to 3 μm inclusive of the compound layer 25 to thereby form a coating film 26 (
Finally, the surface of the coating film 26 is ground to acquire a surface roughness Ra=0.8 μm±0.1 μm to complete the ultrasonic tool 20 of the first embodiment of the invention.
By using the ultrasonic bonder having the ultrasonic tool 20 of the first embodiment brazed to the end of the horn 13, the electronic part 40 was mounted on the mounting substrate 30, with the result that the energy transmission rate was improved by about 20% and the shearing strength (grams/bump) as measured by a shear measurement was greatly improved.
The energy transmission rate decreases with an increase in the amplitude of ultrasonic waves but is still improved by about 20% as compared to the case of no coating film. This is presumably because the coefficient of friction is increased by the formation of the chromium oxide-based coating film having a surface roughness Ra lying in a suitable range and, hence, the energy transmission rate is increased.
The COC and the ultrasonic tool are initially fastened together relying simply upon the frictional resistance and vacuum adsorption. Accordingly, when the amplitude of ultrasonic waves is increased, the oscillating rate of the ultrasonic tool increases, and it becomes difficult to sufficiently hold the COC. It is believed that this accounts for the decrease in the energy transmission rate.
The shearing strength is sharply increased with an increase in the amplitude of ultrasonic waves, and is greatly improved as compared to the case of no coating film. This is presumably because the bonding surfaces are flattened and cleaned during the bonding by the Au bumps 42 rubbed against the Cu pad 31, and are cleansed to effect the bonding. Therefore, the friction increases with an increase in the amplitude, which yields a firmer bonding.
Table 1 summarizes hardnesses of various tools provided with no coating films and tools provided with different kinds of coating films, as well as an evaluation based on frequency of crack occurrence and silicon build-up.
Surfaces of Ultrasonic Tools
Ni, P, PTFE
Hard metal Z10
Fluorine carbide, Mo
Hard metal G5
Tungsten carbide, Co
Micro grained hard
Fluorine carbide, Mo
Sintered diamond PCD
C, H (Amorphous)
In the column of hardness of Table 1, HRC represents a Rockwell hardness that is suited for indicating a hardness of a plated film or the like, HRA represents a Rockwell A hardness suited for indicating a hardness of fine particles or the like, and Hv represents a Vickers hardness.
As will be obvious from Table 1, no crack occurred and no silicon built up only when the surface of the base material was coated with a film of chromium oxide.
“Silicon build-up” used herein stands for a phenomenon in which the silicon material of a COC builds up on the surface of a base material when a coating film is peeled therefrom or when no coating film is formed thereon.
Chromium oxide exhibits a suitable degree of hardness, i.e., Hv of 1700, and can therefore guarantee durability of a tool even in a continuous mounting operation in which a large number of parts are subjected to ultrasonic bonding.
The ultrasonic tool of a second embodiment of the invention will now be described with reference to
First, in the same manner as in the first embodiment, the coating surface of a base material 21 of, for example, a stainless steel having a rectangular parallelopiped shape measuring, for example, 12 mm long and 1 mm thick and having a vacuum adsorption hole 22 of a diameter of, for example, 5 mm at the central portion thereof, is cleansed by dewaxing, washing with an alkali, and washing with an acid or the like (
The chromium compound 23 is then oxidized by firing to form a thin coating film 28 containing chromium oxide as a main component and comprising ceramic particles 27, as shown in
These steps are repeated until the thickness of the thin coating film 28 reaches 1 to 3 μm inclusive of the compound layer 25 to thereby form a coating film 29 having a surface roughness Ra of 0.8 μm±0.1 μm, the roughness having been resulted from the presence of the ceramic particles 27 (
In the second embodiment of the invention as described above, the ceramic particles 27 are mixed into the coating film 29, making it possible to control the surface roughness Ra of the coating film 29 depending upon the particle size of the ceramic particles 27 that are mixed and the mixing amount thereof.
Although the invention has been described referring to the embodiments thereof, it should be noted that the invention is in no way limited by the conditions and constructions described in the embodiments but can be modified in a variety of ways. For instance, the shape and size of the ultrasonic tool described in the embodiments are mere examples, and can be suitably varied depending upon the shape and size of the part that is to be bonded.
In the above embodiments, a stainless steel is used as the base material for the ultrasonic tool. Without being limited to the stainless steel, however, there may be used a metal material comprising iron as a main component, such as a carbon steel or a titanium steel, that hardly deforms at a temperature of 500 to 600° C. like stainless steel. The composition of the base material may be of the stainless steel, carbon steel or titanium steel specified under JIS standards.
In the above embodiments, the ultrasonic bonder comprises the ultrasonic tool and the horn that are separate from each other. The ultrasonic bonder, however, may comprise an ultrasonic tool and a horn which are integral together. In this case, although the surface of the horn may be provided with a coating film of chromium oxide, it is sufficient for the purpose of the invention that at least the surface thereof in contact with a part to be bonded is coated with the film of chromium oxide.
In the above embodiments, the boosters are combined together to realize the ultrasonic bonder of a type of amplifying or attenuating the amplitude of the ultrasonic waves. This is, however, only an example, and the invention may be applied to an ultrasonic bonder which controls the amplitude of the ultrasonic waves by adjusting the power of the power source itself.
In the bonding step using the ultrasonic tool of the above embodiment, the ultrasonic waves are applied after the pressure is elevated up to a predetermined load. However, the same effect is also obtained even when the pressure is gradually elevated up to the predetermined load while applying ultrasonic waves.
In the bonding step using the ultrasonic tool of the above embodiment, the ultrasonic bonding is effected after the under-filling resin is applied. Conversely, however, the ultrasonic bonding can be followed by the injection of the under-filling resin into beneath the electronic part and the curing thereof. In this case, the same effect is also obtained.
The present invention is typically utilized in flip-chip-bonding of a semiconductor chip. However, the body to be bonded is not limited to a semiconductor chip only, but may be another electronic part such as a ferroelectric device or a liquid crystal panel. Further, the objects to be bonded are not limited to those made of metal but may be made of resin.
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|U.S. Classification||228/1.1, 257/E21.511, 228/4.5, 257/E21.518, 156/580.2, 156/580.1|
|International Classification||H01L21/607, B23K37/00, B29C65/00, B23K1/06, B23K5/20, B32B37/00, H01L21/60, B23K20/10|
|Cooperative Classification||H01L2224/05647, H01L2224/05573, H01L2224/05568, H01L2924/01088, B23K1/06, H01L2924/01013, H01L2924/01079, H01L2924/01029, H01L2924/01082, B23K20/106, H01L2224/13144, H01L2224/75, H01L2924/01024, B23K20/10, H01L2224/83192, H01L2224/16237, H01L2924/01078, H01L24/75, H01L2924/014, H01L2924/04941, H01L2224/16225, H01L2924/01042, H01L2224/81801, H01L2924/01033, H01L2924/01074, H01L2924/01006, H01L24/81|
|European Classification||H01L24/81, H01L24/75, B23K20/10D, B23K1/06, B23K20/10|
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